You light me up

When all I see is darkness…
(Birdy)

 

You all know that leds are going to replace almost every lighting source. However, what you might not know, is how led packages are going to be when the time comes.
Forget about through hole, that is something from the past as power goes. Chips have gone beyond plcc and flat packs down to ceramic backs and silicone lenses, however, even there, you can still see no end to the race.

I usually work with Rebel leds, easy to identify and swap, no hassle:

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Then came Cree (and similar squared) leds, a real pain in the ass most of the time, as they usually make for a difficult +A/-K identification, but still serviceable:

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But recently…I saw this prototype @ work…and it’s insane, I tell you:

xx2 - Upcoming power ledsThat’s 1/6th of a rebel led!…and easily 1/4th of a cree…

Oh, and some more bad news, if that was not enough. Manufacturers will drop the protection diode to reduce led cost/pricing, so handling leds will be even more ESD dangerous than it is now. It will make for very unfunny and common led repairs, I’m sure of that.

 

 

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